stooge
I. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1913 1. a. one who plays a subordinate or compliant role to a principal b. puppet 3 2. straight man 3. stool pigeon 1 II. intransitive verb (stooged; stooging) Date: 1939 to act as a stooge <
congressmen who stooge for the oil and mineral interests — New Republic
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  • stooge — [[t]stu͟ːʤ[/t]] stooges N COUNT: usu with supp (disapproval) If you refer to someone as a stooge, you are criticizing them because they are used by someone else to do unpleasant or dishonest tasks. He has vehemently rejected claims that he is a… …   English dictionary

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